Selfridges

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Selfridges Selfridges in Marylebone, London is a massive mecca to top brands & high-end shopping. Look your best in London with Party Earth at this famed department store. London England 51.514124 -0.152628
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Party Earth Review London’s reputation as a shopping mecca is upheld by Selfridges, one of the largest department stores in the city and a sanctum for the most avid brand lovers. Opened in 1909, the store contains ten acres... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central, Jubilee Lines: Bond Street

  • Phone:

    080 0123 400

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  • Hours:

    M–Sa 9:30am–9pm, Su 11am–6pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Selfridges Review

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Selfridges in Marylebone, London is a massive mecca to top brands & high-end shopping. Look your best in London with Party Earth at this famed department store.

London’s reputation as a shopping mecca is upheld by Selfridges, one of the largest department stores in the city and a sanctum for the most avid brand lovers.

Opened in 1909, the store contains ten acres and six levels of credit card shredding glory; all housed within a massive building complete with Greek columns and cast bronze doors.

The always stunning window displays are created with the frequent collaboration of top designers and artists, and are such multi-colored feasts for the eyes that they draw big crowds just on their own.

Shoppers who make it past the displays and into the store, however, will find an elegant marble interior featuring shiny statues, an inner courtyard with a dizzying array of zigzagging escalators, and brands, brands, and more brands around each corner.

If it’s expensive, it’s probably here, from Ferragamo to Courvoisier, but what really draws stampedes of fashionistas and trend-hunters are the Shoe Galleries. Reportedly the largest in the world, they offer two levels of high-priced footwear, making it possible to step out of Kurt Geigers and into Jimmy Choos within seconds.

If spending £400 on heels isn’t in the cards, the ground floor has human-priced brands like H&M and Topshop, while regular makeup and skin care seminars make it possible for visitors to look like a million bucks – even if their bank accounts fall short.

After shopping, patrons can stop in at Selfridges’ impressive food hall, perhaps to sip champagne over a few oysters before heading back to marvel at those ever-changing displays outside.

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Tip from Adriana:

Selfridges isn’t all about clothes – the founder was a huge art enthusiast and the department store is known for hosting many artistic exhibits and events throughout the year. A visit to the website will keep you up to date on the latest displays, as well as beauty events, art classes, and so much more!

  • Crowd

    London’s wealthy and upper class, well-to-do tourists, fashionistas, socialites, trend hunters, wide-eyed window shoppers, and probably a royal or two. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Selfridges hosts art exhibits, charity events, and music concerts throughout the year. Check the website for details.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    In-house food market with wine and liquor stores, about a dozen international restaurants, and two cafés offering English staples.

    True to high-end form, Selfridges offers a wide range of services, including personal shoppers, carry-to-car assistance, valet parking, delivery to pretty much anywhere, beauty consultations, and even body scanning to calculate that perfect pair of jeans.

    The world famous Selfridges window displays often employ incredibly original means to showcase the latest designs. Past displays have included a Puma campaign with live models relaxing in an upscale living room (in their underwear), underwater scenes with real fish, giant shoes, and much more. Photographs of the displays are regularly featured in top design and fashion magazines.

  • Prices

    A range of prices can be found at the multitude of stores, but the vast majority falls into the “blitzkrieg und der wallet” category.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Dressy: designer wear is the norm on regular patrons, though there are always plenty of tourists in regular old jeans and t-shirts. No guarantees said tourists won’t get a stink-eye or two from the couture crowd, though.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekday mornings to shop in relative solitude and avoid the crowds, or weekends for a madhouse of moneyed mayhem.

  • Close By

    There is no shortage of high-end retailers in the area, especially east along Regent Street. Closer to Selfridges is Arabian Oud (435-437 Oxford Street), the self-claimed largest Arabian fragrance retailer in the world that specializes in incense and oriental and oil perfumes.

Selfridges User Reviews

Average rating:
Men are well serviced.
Dave D. Feb 8, 2013
It's easy for a city to have good shopping for women, but men are usually left with boring, safe styles that never change. Selfridges offers the best selection for men, in the world. Every designer and brand name is represented here, from the top to the bottom. It's all here, from lame brands like Hilfiger, to wearable art like Vivienne Westwood. Selfridges goes one step further, though. They feature a lot of up-and-coming, and unknown new designers. There's a smattering for you to sample, and, it's not too expensive. Ok, it IS expensive, but it's not TOO expensive. Don't worry, you can afford to get a couple of cool things. But, the best thing about Selfridges is that it's on Oxford Street, which happens to be the greatest shopping area in the world. Selfridges is the western bookend, Topshop/Topman the eastern. There are hundreds of shops, cafes, and pubs in between. If you can't be happy here, you can't just can't be happy, period.
Not just a store, a destination.
Sean U. Jan 13, 2013
Even now this show is now the star of a period drama, a 1 hour tv show cannot do the place justice. It dominates Oxford Street, the yellow shopping bags are distinctive and the building resembles a temple, a temple of retail. The store is huge and you could spend hours wandering around. It has a whole floor dedicated to men's fashion and an amazing atrium that allows shoppers to appreciate the size of the space. It sells everything and puts its slight larger, Knightsbridge rival to shame. It has bars, restaurants, a good court, a silence room (for those sensitive souls needing to escape the capitalism). Not just a store.
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